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Fried Food, Perfume Banned in New Health Dept. Guidelines

The New York City Health Department has a new set of rules in its office, which has people talking.

The department, responsible for the calorie-counting menus in New York City, has updated guidelines for “Life in the Cubicle Village” and distributed it to employees. The guidelines tell them to refrain from wearing products with “noticeable odors,” not to eat fried foods or cookies and to cut muffins into “mini-sizes” when serving, The New York Daily News reported.

Other rules include:

* Avoid eavesdropping – but if you can’t, “resist the urge to add your comments”
* No posting displays, photos, cartoons or personal items that may be offensive
* When drinks are served, they should be less than 25 calories per eight ounces
* Air-popped popcorn and cake is allowed for office celebrations

“The Health Department is just leading by example by updating its guidelines for food and beverages served at agency meetings and events,” the agency’s spokeswoman, Erin Brady, told the newspaper.

However, one worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said she felt she was being “micromanaged.”

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